The COVID-19 pandemic has been brutal on Canada and the entire globe. While we were still adjusting every aspect of personal and societal life in order to deal with this new reality, the murder of George Floyd resulted in an outpouring of grief and anger, mixed in with a deepening recognition of the need for an honest look at racism and to bring about effective change.

This started in one nation, but quickly spread to become a universal challenge. There is no denying the incredible difficulties and pains that have accompanied both of those major elements of the first half of 2020.

However, we also know that we have so much to be grateful for on this Canada Day. Even as we continue to grapple with the effects of the pandemic and racism, let’s pause to be grateful today.

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